William Setchell


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1884 1889
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

William Ebenezer Fairy Setchell was born c1830 Middlesex, England, the son of George Robert Setchell and Mary Farey. He immigrated to Australia on the ship ‘Herefordshire’ which arrived at Sydney on 10 December 1853. He married (1) Mary Ann Downes (1833-77) on 15 February 1858 at Chippendale, NSW, and they had three sons and four daughters. He married (2) Sarah Ann Challenger in 1885 at Redfern, NSW. William Setchell died at Waterloo, NSW, on 10 December 1893, aged 63 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the Old Church of England section. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £4,028. He lived in Raglan Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

William Setchell was a stonemason. He constructed a lot of the principal business structures in the Alexandria municipality. He was declared bankrupt in 1869.

Community activity

Setchell was a mason.

Local government service

William Setchell was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1884-89 representing the East Ward. His sons William and George were also aldermen on the council as was his grandson Edward.


‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 1884, p. 3, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13552692


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